Bob Jones was an anchor for KGMB news (currently known as Hawaii News Now) and remembers the Five-0 series of the 1970’s well. He was an initial critic of the show, but it looks like he’s been won over…
From the May 25th issue of Midweek Magazine, Just Thoughts commentary by columnist Bob Jones (SPOILERY for those who haven’t see n the finale):
I started out not much a fan of Hawaii Five-0. Lots of negatives. A jeans-clad gang operating-off-the-grid from HPD, putting suspects in shark cages and on car hoods like dead deer. Shoot-outs on the beach at Waikiki and in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Tunneling into an underground HPD vault holding millions of dollars of evidence money. Ridiculous and embarrassing.
Then, on their own or maybe I pushed them a little, the writers got better and so did the stories. No more local hood-chief drinking Blue Hawaii umbrella drinks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
No question that the May 16 season finale was a work of TV art. Who else would have the governor be a crook and a kill-enabler and get shot to death?
Wow! Is Hawaii that crooked, and who was that female governor? Heavy, heavy stuff!
I said to myself, “Finally a TV-series show worthy of great blow-’em-up directors like Michael Bay!”
The show had grown up. The characters had character. We have a reason other than scenery to watch.
Alex O’Loughlin finally persuaded the producers to give him a chance to act and not give it all to Scott Caan.
The show’s on a roll.